SUFFOLK COUNTY, New York — Whether it was a gunman firing at him or cancer causing him pain, Dennis Reichardt, a retired Suffolk County police sergeant, always kept his cool, family and friends said.
“He could show up at the most chaotic situation, but he had this calm about him and it was contagious,” said Inspector Michael Shanahan, who was with Reichardt in the 1982 class of recruits. “It was reassuring and it would help us get to the resolution of whatever was going on.”
Reichardt died Thursday in his Suffolk home of 9/11-related pancreatic cancer. He was 64.
He had a 29-year career during which he received the Police Combat Gold Medal, a top department honor, for leading a tactical unit into a home…